Tallinn to serve as the global hub for a climate change hackathon

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, will serve as the main stage for the climate change hackathon, Climathon 2017, a worldwide 24-hour hackathon focussed on climate change challenges for cities.

During the annual worldwide hackathon – this year’s edition takes place on 27 October 2017 – students, entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts and app developers come together in cities across all six continents of the planet - said estonianworld.com.

Software engineers in cities all over the world will pull all-nighters to work on innovative solutions to climate challenges in their cities such as major flooding and extreme heat, or air pollution and waste related issues.

The goal of the Climathon hackathonis to bring together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them.

The hackathon activities in Estonia, that currently holds the presidency of the EU Council, will be broadcast live via Facebook.

“During the EU presidency, Estonia focuses on a low-carbon climate-friendly circular economy,” Siim Kiisler, the minister of the environment, said in a statement. “The achievement of this goal will be assisted by the implementation of the climate agreement via different legislations as well as by eco-innovation. Now it is time to spread some ideas and develop real solutions to reduce climate-related risks.”

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